Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

April 15 - June 24

Opening Reception Sunday, April 15th, 3-5pm.

Join us for our opening reception and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Refreshments hosted by our Bedford Gallery Guild and supported by JP Morgan Chase and Wente Vineyards. 

This exciting exhibition features works by 14 African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. The show covers a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, and includes an array of abstract and formal imagery. Narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives are woven throughout. At the heart of this show is a Berkeley based fine art print studio—Paulson Fontaine Press—who over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally celebrated artists - artists like Martin Puryear , Kerry James Marshall,  and the Gee’s Bend Quilters – who characterize the fresh perspectives that are today’s avant-garde.


This exhibition is organized by the Bedford Gallery and will travel nationally through 2022.

This exhibition features work by Edgar Arceneaux, Radcliffe Bailey, McArthur Binion, Gee's Bend Quilters (Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, Loretta Pettway), Lonnie Holley, David Huffman, Samuel Levi Jones, Kerry James Marshall, Martin Puryear, Gary Simmons, Lava Thomas.


An exhibition catalog is available for purchase at the gallery or online here. Phone orders can be made by calling (925) 295-1417.

Click here for the Press Release.